Monthly Archives: June 2022

Movie Preview: Thor gets the Band Together for “Love & Thunder”

The rest of the “team” he assembles to take down the great evil menacing the universe makes its bow. Looks fun, and by July 8 we’ll all need a laugh and a reason to duck into a cold cineplex.

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Movie Review: Life in Service of the “Good Madam” has supernatural consequences in this South African Thriller

“Good Madam” is a tight, lightly-chilling horror tale from South Africa, a parable of a housekeeper and what “life in service” can mean, in a supernatural sense, in the former Apartheid state. And how this relatively simple story has twelve … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Strangers Tess and Keith meet at an AirBnB from hell — “Barbarian”

Labor Day, all you people will see why ol’Rodg always stays in hotels.

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Movie Review: Survivors Face the Sad Aftermath of Gun Violence — “Peace in the Valley”

Movies that take us beyond showing gun violence as entertainment are rare. It’s not just the immediate, factual consequences of what happens when a human being is shot, the damage done and the trauma of the moment that we rarely … Continue reading

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Documentary Review: An Afro-Latina filmmaker takes an unblinking look at herself and her family in “Beba”

The documentary as autobiography has been around for a while, with filmmakers like Ross McElwee (“Sherman’s March”) turning “personal essay” films into exercises in family history and a soul searching exploration of one’s place in it. Filmmaker and sometime actress … Continue reading

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Movie Review: French soul searching on the trail — “My Donkey, My Lover & I”

“My Donkey, My Lover & I” is one of the unexpected filmgoing delights of this summer. It’s a French road comedy in which the “road” is a famous French hiking trail pioneered by a legendary Scottish writer, the vehicle a … Continue reading

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Netflixable? So is Kevin Hart or Woody Harrelson “The Man from Toronto?”

Kevin Hart‘s always good for a few manic, exasperated laughs. Laid back Woody Harrelson adds value to pretty much anything he’s in. Both are experts at “buddy pictures.” “The Man from Toronto” should be a pretty safe bet. And it … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: A Killer trailer for Paramount’s “Smile”

Here you go. Yes, you have to wait until Sept. 30 to grow your own grin.

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Movie Review: Will Alice Krige have her revenge? “She Will”

The South African actress Alice Krige first gained notice in America in a sprawling “Tale of Two Cities” TV adaptation that broadcast in 1980. But her fate was ordained by her big screen debut. In “Ghost Story,” she was the … Continue reading

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Next screening? A young woman comes to some conclusions about existing in America — “Beba”

This Rebecca Huntt film opens in select theaters Friday. Looks like greater counter programming to the popcorn pics of summer.

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